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Complementary & Natural Healthcare Council


The CNHC is the UK voluntary regulator for complementary healthcare practitioners that was set up with government support to protect the public by providing a UK voluntary register of complimentary therapists. CHNC's register has been approved as an Accredited Register by the Professional Standards Authority for Health and Social Care.  This means CNHC has met the Professional Standards Authority's demanding standards.

All CNHC Registered practitioners are entitled to use CNHC's Quality Mark which demonstrates a commitment to professionalism and high standards. The public and those who commission the services of complimentary healthcare practitioners can choose with confidence, by looking for the CNHC quality mark. General Medical Council (GMC) guidance confirms that doctors are able to refer patients to practitioners on Accredited Registers.

CNHC Registration

It has been agreed with CNHC that the SMA may verify applications for CNHC registration and we encourage members to register. Registration includes the right to use the CNHC quality mark (opposite). The eligibility criteria for the CNHC Sports Massage register can be downloaded here.

Members wishing to register should complete the ‘Request to register’ form which can be downloaded here.

Prior to sending in your application, the following criteria must be met:

  • Please check your qualification meets the CNHC requirements which can be found here.
  • Ensure your insurance certificate is up to date on your membership profile (go to your profile, press edit and upload if not).
  • Ensure you have at least 15hrs CPD in your CPDme profile within the last year. (Graduate SMA members exempt)

Your appliaction cannot be processed without these things being in place.

Once completed this form should be emailed to this specific SMA email address so it can be verified.

To find out more about the CNHC - email:, call: 020 3668 0406  or visit their website ate:

The General Council for Massage Therapies


The GCMT is the governing body for massage therapies and all bodyworks and soft tissue techniques in the UK.The principal aims and objectives of the GCMT are:

  • To promote the adoption of high standards of practice in massage therapies and all bodyworks and soft tissue techniques thereby optimizing public access to treatment of a high professional standard 
  • To establish and maintain a nationwide professionally determined Standard of Training, Conduct and Competence for the protection of the public
  • To act as a unifying body by bringing together organisations engaged in representing or teaching massage therapies, all bodyworks and soft tissue techniques
  • To establish standards for continuing professional development of registered practitioners Establish Core Curricula in all areas of Massage Therapies, bodywork and soft tissue techniques
  • Establish Advanced Curricula in all areas of Massage Therapies, bodywork and soft tissue techniques, as applicable
  • Provide support to the profession in the form of Standards and expertise

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